R5 has one job—get to the top, fast. But for all the glory and fanfare that comes with a summit finish, they’re rarely the only climb of the day. And while a race isn’t usually won on a descent, they can certainly be lost. This is the fourth iteration of the R5, and while weight and stiffness have varied over the years, the handling, poise, and unmatched prowess on a descent have been consistent since day one.
FASTER IN EVERY DIRECTION
The new R5 frame is 130g lighter than the previous model—a 16% reduction from an already-light frame. And while aerodynamics weren’t a focus with this frame the way they would be on an S5 or P5, bringing the cables inside reduced drag by 25g.
DARKER THAN NIGHT, LIGHTER THAN AIR
The color black may absorb all light, but Cervélo Five Black is anything but heavy. This ultra-minimal graphics and paint package results in a frame that’s significantly lighter—they’ll never even see you coming.
LESS STIFF, STILL FAST
The R5 is stiff, but not too stiff—the Goldilocks of climbing bikes if you will. Poise, stability, and power transfer that feels “just right” and keeps you fresh and ready to take on the road ahead.
|FRAME||Cervélo All-Carbon R5|
|FORK||Cervélo All-Carbon, Tapered R5 Fork|
|HEADSET||FSA IS2 1-1/4 x 1-1/2|
|THRU AXLES||Cervelo Aero Thru-Axles, 12x100/142, Removable Handle|
|TIRES||Vittoria Corsa TLR G2.0 25c|
|CRANKSET||Shimano Ultegra 8100 52/36 , L/56 172|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||JY-BB 24|
|CHAIN||Shimano CN-M8100, 12 spd|
|FRONT DERAILLEUR||Shimano Ultegra Di2 8150, 12 spd|
|REAR DERAILLEUR||Shimano Ultegra Di2 8150, 12 spd|
|CASSETTE||Shimano Ultegra CS-R8100, 12 spd, 11-30|
|SHIFTERS||Shimano Ultegra Di2 8170, 12 spd|
|HANDLEBAR||Cervélo HB13 Carbon|
|STEM||Cervélo ST31 Carbon|
|BRAKE CALIPERS||Shimano Ultegra 8170 Hydraulic Disc|
|SADDLE||Prologo Scratch M5 PAS TiRox OR Selle Italia FLITE BOOST SuperFlow Ti|
|SEATPOST||Cervelo SP24 Seatpost|
|BRAKE ROTOR||Shimano RT-MT800, 160mm|